Scranton Shakespeare Festival Returns This Month

Another decade of free, professional theater is coming to Northeastern Pennsylvania as Scranton Shakespeare Festival is busy gearing up for Season 11. This summer, SSF’s repertory of Shakespearean plays and musicals will transport audiences to worlds both known and unknown, futuristic and nostalgic.⁠

The 2022 season will open with a musical originally planned for Summer 2020. “We Will Rock You,” the Queen jukebox musical set in a not-far off Orwellian world, will be followed by one of William Shakespeare’s earliest romantic comedies, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” which is evocative of all your favorite 90s romance movies.

Then, Scranton Shakes presents the decadent and highly-stylized musical “Sweet Charity,” based on a Federico Fellini film, written for the stage by Neil Simon, and directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

The season will conclude with SSF’s Youth Ensemble’s second inaugural production with the dark and daring cult classic “Heathers the Musical.”⁠

All shows will be performed at Lackawanna College Theater and at a renovated, intimate venue at The Marketplace at Steamtown.

⁠Box office opens June 23. Performances begin June 30.

“Festival of Trees” To Kick Off Dec. 14th

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The annual Festival of Trees exhibit and “Toys for Tots” fundraiser will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown from Dec. 14 – Jan. 12.  The exhibit opens with a Preview Party fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 13. The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees go directly to “Toys for Tots.”  Participants must supply their own artificial tree. 

This year the event looks to celebrate diversity with the theme Here, There and Everywhere! Celebrating Fall and Winter Traditions from Around the World.

 The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  

To register a tree, send checks or money orders, made payable to “Toys for Tots,” to Chris Calvey, Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503. 

Applications may be downloaded from the Lackawanna County website or requested by calling 570-963-6590, ext. 106. Please email any questions to

Depending on space availability, trees may be registered until Dec, 12. All trees must be set-up by Dec. 13.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Takes on “How to Succeed”

How to Succeed 2 colThis past month, performers with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival presented the first show of it’s seventh season: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Directed by Bobby Temple, the musical was performed at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, continuing the festival’s exploration of location-specific theatre, a nod to last year’s “Damn Yankees” at PNC Field.

Cast members from are shown during a performance at the Steamtown Mall. The popular musical will presented one final time on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Tickets are free to the public but seating is limited. For information on how to reserve tickets, visit